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The Great Buddhist Kings of Asia

D.C. Ahir (Author)

The conversion of Asoka (273 - 232 B. C.) to Buddhism was an important turning point in the history of Buddhism. He launched a vigorous campaign of preaching the teachings of the Buddha and sent missionaries even to the foreign countries. The first neighbouring country to accept Buddhism during the reign of Asoka was Sri Lanka. From there, Buddhism spread in due course to other countries in South-East Asia. Buddhism reached China in the first century A. D. From China, it reached Korea. From Korea, the missionary monks took it to Japan. The Bhikkhu Sangha has a unique position in Buddhism as they played a major role in converting monarchs to Buddhism. In India, Asoka the Great was the first Emperor to be converted to Buddhism by an eminent Buddhist saint and scholar, Ven. Moggaliputta Tissa. Asoka the Great supported the Sangha with lavish donations and built innumerable monasteries and stupas to popularise Buddhism.

The Asokan model proved a great inspiration for the Buddhist Kings in other countries. Wherever Buddhism spread in Asia, it was primarily as a result of the royal patronage. In this book, are given the biographies of 30 Great Buddhist Kings of 12 countries who promoted the cause of Buddhism in a big way. These countries are: India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Combodia, Laos, China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Bhutan and Mongolia.

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About the author

D.C. Ahir

D.C. Ahir (born 1928, Punjab) is a reputed scholar of Buddhist studies, and has made notable contribution to the history of Buddhism during the last 42 years. He retired as Director to the Government of India in February 1986, and since then is fully engaged in enriching literature. He already has more than forty published works to his credit, besides numerous articles on Buddhism. In appreciation of his noble and notable contribution to the Buddhist Literature as a Distinguished Scholarand Author, the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath conferred on him on 30 November 2001 the Honorary Title of Buddha Sahitya Shiromani.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Great Buddhist Kings of Asia
Author D.C. Ahir
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789380852096
length 103p., 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch